There’s a song I grew up listening to. It’s kind of a classic. In the song a guy asks the woman in his life about the new man in her life, telling her to go with him and be happy and not to think about how he’s hurting. In the chorus he sings:
What’s he like? Where did he fall in love with you?
Where’s he from? What does he do with his free time?
Ask him why did he take a piece of my life?
He’s a thief that took everything away from me.
Here’s Marc Anthony’s version with English translation:
I always liked the song, but it took a total different meaning a few months ago when a coworker mentioned that although the song is widely known as a romantic song, it was inspired by the writer’s daughter when she got engaged.
After a brief research I found it’s actually widely used as a father/daughter dance song. According to Mrs. Boa Constrictor’s timeline, she used this song to dance with her dad on her wedding day!
All this got me thinking about the father/daughter dance. My dad and I have a tricky relationship. We have similar tastes and personalities, and maybe that’s why we don’t get along easily—we’re so similar we just don’t click, and although I can always talk and joke with him I’ve never been daddy’s girl.
Last year at my graduation ball we danced to the collective father/daughter dance. It was awkward and a bit forced, but we had a lot of fun ’cause we took it as a joke; we were acting up and joking the entire time.
So what will it be when it comes to the F/D dance at the wedding?
I don’t think there’s a way I’ll use “Y Como Es El” because I consider it a romantic song, but I would really like to dance with my dad. I’d have to discuss it with him and see if he’s up to it. I think I would like to have that awkward moment trying to dance with my dad while he complains about how short I am. Will I tear up? Probably, but weddings are tear festivals.
Now, I just need to ask Mr. Toadstool if he’d like to have a mother/son dance and see if my shy FMIL will want to do it.
Do you like the F/D, M/S dance tradition? Did you/would you do it?